If you’ve never thought about what motivates activists before then maybe think about it for a moment, because the answer is not as obvious as you might believe.
Take for example the recent Gaza flotilla debacle, and the ongoing fly-in to Ben Gurion airport, for which there is no need.
There is no need because Gazan business people and various groups in Gaza have been saying for the last couple of weeks, "We don’t need more imports, we need to export more!".
A year ago things were different but since then Israel has allowed a much greater number of trucks into Gaza, and now less trucks enter than are permitted.
Because there is not the demand on the Gazan side.
So what is motivating these people to take time off work, to spend money, and to risk getting put in jail or worse.
If they really wanted to help right now then they should be trying to help the Syrians or those in Darfur etc.